• 2017 Daily Schedule

Schedule of Events

October 20-29, 2017

Town of Carefree’s 3rd year of pumpkin enchantment is sure to please even the biggest Ray Villafane fan.

Stroll the 4 acre exhibit, the Carefree Desert Gardens every day and discovered whimsical pumpkin characters keeping time with the Carefree Sundial. We encouraged people to return as the exhibits changed daily with new carved pumpkins. Everyone enjoyed “Ray’s 10 Best” Pickled Sculpted Pumpkins in their Saguaro Cactus displays that resembled real botanical specimens.

The weekdays were exciting, but the weekends invited the scarecrows and the pumpkin activities to reach their peak and included LIVE pumpkin carving featuring world renowned artist Ray Villafane! The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden was open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., October 20-29 at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

Friday, October 20th

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Jack O’Lantern Craft Beer Garden

Saturday, October 21st

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin Pumpkin
    Sponsors: Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required)
    Sponsor: Venues Café

Sunday, October 22nd

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin Pumpkin
    Sponsors: Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required)
    Sponsor: Venues Café

Monday, October 23rd

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers

Tuesday, October 24th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers

Wednesday, October 25th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Family Carving Night
    Sponsors: Desert Foothills Family YMCA & Mortimer Farms

Thursday, October 26th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Family Carving Night
    Sponsors: Desert Foothills Family YMCA & Mortimer Farms

Friday, October 27th

  • Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights
    • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
      – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
      – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
      – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
    • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
      All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
    • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Jack O’Lantern Craft Beer Garden

Saturday, October 28th

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin Pumpkin
    Sponsors: Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required)
    Sponsor: Venues Café

Sunday, October 29th

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin Pumpkin
    Sponsors: Bashas’ & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required)
    Sponsor: Venues Café

Highlighted Activities

Family Carving Nights
Adopt a Pumpkin
Craft Beer Garden
Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
Picasso Arts and Crafts
Face Painting

Have questions? Call the Town of Carefree today at 480.488.3686 or send us an email.

Town of Carefree’s
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

October 20 – October 29, 2017
101 Easy Street, Carefree AZ 85377
480.488.3686
info@carefreepumpkingarden.com
VisitCarefree.com

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